Called “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performance, visual art and projects that defy categorization.
Modeled after international contemporary arts festivals in cities like Edinburgh and Adelaide, TBA is orchestrated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and draws artists from around the globe to create installations and performances in Portland’s theaters, galleries, warehouses and public spaces. Workshops and talks keep the arts going almost nonstop, effectively obliterating barriers between artist and audience and between performance and everyday life.
Some of the highlights of 2016’s festival included:
- A drag show like no other, Pepper Pepper hosted Critical Mascara’s “A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza.”
- Artist Libby Werbel created a pop-up modern art museum highlighting a variety of visual and performance artists.
- Leila’s Death, the U.S. premiere of Lebanese choreographer Ali Chahrour’s exploration of Shiite ritual and mourning, featured Leila, a professional mourner.
Every night of TBA’s 10-day run, a Central Eastside warehouse hosted “The Works,” where artists and attendees could grab a drink and check out rock shows, drag balls, installations, sonic experiments and more.